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GLIN==> Marina Survey Begins



Posted on behalf of Arleen Kreusch <arleen.k.kreusch@usace.army.mil>

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Marina Survey Begins
arleen.k.kreusch@usace.army.mil

This week, members of the Human Dimensions Research Unit at Cornell
University began to survey marinas on the U.S. side of Lake Ontario and the
St. Lawrence River to identify:

(a) the range of water levels at which each marina can operate without
incurring economic losses,

(b) high and low water level fluctuations beyond which marina owners begin
to incur economic losses or costs, and

(c) estimates of these costs as water levels rise or fall further from the
point at which initial losses occur.

As part of the survey, Cornell University student and staff researchers will
be taking water depth measurements from slips and docks at each marina, and
interviewing the owner or manager at each marina.  Data from the marina
survey will be combined with data from a second survey of boaters using
these waters, to be conducted starting in September, to produce overall
estimates of losses to marinas, losses in boating opportunities, and losses
in tourism-related revenues to local communities due to excessive high and
low water levels.  A similar survey was conducted last summer at marinas on
the Canadian side of these waters.

The work will continue through the summer as part of the International Joint
Commission sponsored five-year Lake Ontario - St. Lawrence River Study.  The
study began in December 2000 to evaluate the impacts of changing water
levels on commercial navigation; environmental quality; flood damages;
hydroelectric power generation; recreational boating and tourism; shore
erosion; and municipal and industrial water use.

For more information visit our website: www.losl.org or contact Arleen
Kreusch at (716) 879-4438 or arleen.k.kreusch@usace.army.mil


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